There's a misconception when it comes to gap years, and that is that you have to be young, that you have to be a teenager, or at worst in your early 20s. But here's the thing: you do not have to be young to do a year of travelling. You don't have to be a school leaver, and you don't have to be a uni student. You just need a desire to get away from it all.
And what better way to do that than by chucking it all in and escaping your real life for a full 12 months? A gap year is a total check-out from your normal existence, a way to immerse yourself in another country, in another culture, in another world, and collect all of those life experiences you feel like you've been missing out on.
Yes, your career might suffer. And yes, your finances almost definitely will. But a gap year is always worth taking.
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, host Ben Groundwater is joined by travel writer Georgia Rickard, and Intrepid Travel's Tara Harrison to talk about gap years: quitting your job, putting study on hold, selling your furniture and getting the hell out of Dodge. Where to take them, and when.